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Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson delivers a speech accepting the Vimy Award in Ottawa on Friday, November 19, 2010. (Pawel Dwulit)
Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson delivers a speech accepting the Vimy Award in Ottawa on Friday, November 19, 2010. (Pawel Dwulit)

Lifetime Achievement

Adrienne Clarkson receives entrepreneur award Add to ...

Adrienne Clarkson can add another award to her impressive list of accolades.

On Monday, the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE) announced that the former Governor General has been honoured with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

"We are thrilled to be presenting this award to someone as acclaimed as the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson. Her outstanding achievements are known not only in the Chinese Canadian community, but by all Canadians," says Alan Kwong, president of ACCE.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes outstanding citizens whose business, humanitarian, and/or philanthropic activities have enhanced the development of the Chinese Canadian business community.

Mme. Clarkson has been a shining example of leadership, vision, determination, and humanitarianism in the Chinese Canadian community, the organization said in a statement.

Born in Hong Kong in 1939, Mme. Clarkson settled in Ottawa as a refugee with her parents William and Ethel Poy in 1942. She obtained an honours BA in English literature from the University of Toronto's Trinity College, and her MA. A leading figure in Canada's cultural life, she had a rich and distinguished career in broadcasting, journalism, the arts and public service before being named the 26th Governor General in 1999.

As GG, she actively promoted tolerance, acceptance, belonging and public responsibility, bringing attention to the courage and commitment of the Canadian Armed Forces, and for shining a spotlight on the North. Her bestselling memoir, Heart Matters , was received with acclaim when it was published in the fall of 2006.

The 2011 Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Awards Gala ceremony will take place April 2, 2011 at Hilton Suites in Markham, Ont.

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